(UK-England and Wales) National Archives Alien Registration Cards and Naturalization Case Papers Online in Their Discovery Catalogue #general
Jan Meisels Allen
The (UK-England and Wales) National Archives' Discovery is an online
catalogue of archival records across the UK and beyond, >from which you can
search 32 million records and more than 2,500 archives across the country.
Over 9 million records are available for download. See:
In addition the National Archives has research guides on family history, First
World War and general on all subjects. Links to the guides are available on
the same aforementioned link.
The National Archives has alien registration cards >from 1918-1957 online.
They comprise 600 immigrants (700 cases) to Britain and cover the London
area only and include British-born wives of aliens who lost their British
status upon marriage. Only records where the person was born over 100 years
ago are downloadable. Britain required aliens to register with the police
starting in 1914 and pay a fee. A certificate was issued. The registration
cards created by the police are the digitized records available >from the
The records have interest for genealogists. Information includes: name,
date of birth, date of arrival in the UK, marital status, address, and more
including photographs. To research the records in Discovery, you need to
complete a form which is available at: http://tinyurl.com/jbnwuny
Note: Searching is free, to obtain a copy of the record does generate a fee.
Another collection that can be searched via Discovery are naturalization
case papers 1801-1871. Information on the person will include nationality,
profession, family details, birth date and place and more. Again, searching
is free but there is a fee to actually see and download the record.
For more information see: http://tinyurl.com/jdtgnjk
The National Archives partners with both Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast.co.uk
and more records area available through their websites -and a charge is made
for downloading the records >from these sites.
The home page for the National Archives where you may find general
information on their holdings is: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee